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Jonathan Haidt feature

Jonathan Haidt | Moral Psychology in an Age of Outrage (Auckland)

In 2012, US psychologist Jonathan Haidt rose to fame with the publication of his book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided on Politics and Religion. In its review, The New York Times called Haidt’s book “a landmark contribution to humanity’s understanding of itself.” It has since gained widespread praise from commentators left, right and centre (see here). Read more

1 August, 2019
Auckland
BarbaraOakley feature

Lecture with Professor Barbara Oakley

Professor Barbara Oakley is the co-creator of the world’s most popular online course: Learning How To Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects, which has helped over 2 million people to improve the way they learn new things. Read more

1 May, 2019
Auckland
tomorrows schools feature

Tomorrow's Schools panel discussion

The Faculty of Education at Victoria University of Wellington and the New Zealand Initiative invite you to a moderated discussion involving representatives from the Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce, academia, schools and boards of trustees. Read more

1 April, 2019
Wellington
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research-ED Festival of Education

We partnered with researchED to reignite evidence-based education in New Zealand. On Saturday 2nd June, over 240 passionate educators, parents, researchers and school trustees gathered at Auckland Grammar School to discuss the evidence on effective education.Speakers, including Katharine Birbalsingh, Benjamin Evans, Melinda Webber, Michael Johnston and Elizabeth Rata, covered (amongst other things) early literacy instruction, the findings from John Hattie’s meta-analyses of education methods, how to improve University Entrance of Maori students in low decile schools, cognitive automaticity in maths,... Read more

2 June, 2018
Auckland
KatharineBirbalsingh feature2

Dinner lecture with Katharine Birbalsingh

On Thursday 31 May 2018, The New Zealand Initiative hosted Katharine Birbalsingh for a dinner lecture in Auckland.New Zealand-born Katharine Birbalsingh studied at Oxford University before becoming a teacher. She shot to fame after delivering a single speech to the Conservative Party’s 2010 annual conference. In this speech, she declared Britain's state education system “broken” because it kept "poor children poor."Four years later, Katharine had the chance to create a school different to those she had worked in and criticised. Read more

31 May, 2018
Auckland
StuartNash feature

The Future Catch Panel Discussion

The Future Catch was launched with a panel discussion in Wellington on 4 December.Randall Bess (report author), Stuart Nash (Minister of Fisheries), Sir Mark Solomon (Deputy Chair, Te Ohu Kaimoana) and Bob Gutsell (Vice President, New Zealand Sport Fishing Council) discussed the issues facing the recreational fishing sector. Panel members also fielded questions from a crowd of more than 100 people. Although audience members from different fishing sectors had different views about fisheries management, everyone shared our concerns about the... Read more

4 December, 2017
Wellington
2017debates grandfinal panellists

Next Generation Debates 2017 Grand final (Victoria vs Auckland)

The Initiative hosted the sixth annual Next Generation Debates. Top debaters from the Universities of Auckland, Victoria, Canterbury and Otago debated a wide range of topics. The series was generously supported by the Friedlander Foundation.The semi-final and final debates were followed by a panel discussion, with panellists giving their views on the moot, and engaging in lively Q&A sessions. This year, we welcomed David Seymour, Leader – ACT Party; Julie Anne Genter, Spokesperson for Auckland Issues, Health, Transport and Youth... Read more

23 August, 2017
Wellington

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